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BP will begin testing new cap over Gulf oil leak

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After a day of delay, BP is again prepared to test a new cap fitted over the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said at a Wednesday news briefing that testing will go ahead after 24 hours of carefully reviewing plans for the test.

He said the testing would begin shortly.

The federal government had ordered the testing held up until BP could answer questions about whether the work could further damage the leaking well.

The test involves slowly closing the valves of the cap, ultimately blocking the flow of oil entirely. High pressure is a good sign, because it means there's a single leak.

BP says the testing will take up to 48 hours before they know if the cap works as planned.

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